Monster Energy Supercross – Round 14 – Salt Lake City, UT – April 22, 2017
After a two week break, Supercross returned to the Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah, with a lot of expectations. In the 450SX class, Bell Helmets’ Eli Tomac was tied in points with current champion Ryan Dungy and, with only three races on the schedule, Tomac needed to continue his domination – and that’s what he did by taking the overall win. He now has a 3-point lead going into the penultimate round in New Jersey. Stay tuned as there are still two races to go and the way this year has gone, anything can happen.
THE STORY OF THE NIGHT WAS… Justin Hill, riding smart, finishing 3rd and locking in his first Supercross title in the 250SX West Championship. Justin worked and trained non-stop to win this title – the first for the Pro Circuit team since Blake Baggett won the outdoors championship in 2012. Congrats Justin, from the entire Bell Helmets staff for another Moto-9 Flex title.
Pro Circuit has been a dominate force in Motocross/Supercross for over 20 years but has been in a five year championship drought. Justin Hill’s 3rd place finish at the Salt Lake City round put a stop to that and gave Justin his first SX Title.
Captain Clinic, Eli Tomac, did it again, putting on a charge in the Main from 10th to 1st. Tomac killed it in the whoops, setting lap times two seconds faster than the leader. The crowd was going nuts when Tomac caught and passed Dungey for the win.
Justin Hill rode smart, smooth and captured his first SX250W championship.
Austin Forkner was back after sustaining a hip injury a few weeks ago. He rode consistent throughout his Qualifier and Heat races, ending up 6th overall on the night.
Stay tuned for when the outdoor season starts – Forkner will be a title contender.
GNCC – Camp Coker Bullet, Society Hill, SC – April 23, 2017
We are seeing a pattern develop here as Round 5 of the GNCC series looked eerily similar to rounds 2, 3 and 4 with Factory KTM’s Kailub Russell taking the overall win for the 4th race in row. Kailub is determined to put his Moto-9 Flex on top of the podium in as many rounds as it takes to grab his fifth GNCC Championship.
In the XC2 250 Pro class, Craig Delong had a slow start but worked his way onto the podium in 3rd place followed by Layne Michael in 4th. Both pilots rely on Moto-9 Flex protection.
Russell may have won four of the five rounds overall, but Bell Helmets’ Tayla Jones now sports a perfect win streak of five-for-five! In third was Mackenzie Tricker – both riders are native Australians here to test their skills in the GNCC series.
Kailub Russell has been on a mission, winning four of the last five rounds and now has a 31 point lead in the standings – with eight rounds remaining.
Tayla Jones is now five-for-five in the WXC division.
Kyle Chaney continues his winning ways in the GNCC XC1 UTV Pro class, taking the overall win at the Camp Coker Bullet event. Chaney now holds the points lead going into the John Penton round next month.
WORCS Racing – Round 7 – Sand Hollow – Hurricane, UT – April 22-23, 2017
Brandy Richards just keeps proving why she is the one to beat in both women’s off-road and motocross by taking her 6th overall win in a row at Round 7 of the WORCS. As always, Sand Hollow produced a tough, technical and sandy track – which Richards obviously liked – as did 2nd place finisher Britney Gallegos. Congrats ladies – keep posting these strong results.
Style check! Richards on the left, Gallegos on the right with one-two finishes. Both riders are also one-two in the Women’s Pro Class points standings.
Long time Bell Helmets pilot, Michael Del Fante, earned his first career WORCS podium, finishing 3rd in the MC Pro Class. That’s some fast company right there!
Congrats to Jakub Alvarez who took 2nd overall in the WORCS Pro2 Lights class – his best finish to date – indicated by his “#1 finger” signifying his first podium. Jakub has been practicing and training with Bell Helmets’ legendary off-road racer Ty Davis and results are obviously starting to pay off.
MotoAmerica Series – CoTA – Austin, TX – April 22-23, 2017
Once a year, the MotoGP series invades America – and this year it was at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas – and, as in the past, the MotoAmerica series starts their season at what is considered one of America’s greatest race tracks.
In the Superbike class, Bell Helmets has several top riders including returning Superbike champion, Cameron Beaubier, and last year’s Superstock 1000 champion, Josh Herrin, along with 2015 Superstock 1000 champion, Jake Gagne. In this year’s Superstock 1000 class, Hayden Gillim, Mathew Scholtz and Cameron Petersen will fly the Bell Star flag.
After a great weekend of racing, Beaubier and Scholtz both posted podium finishes while the balance of the Bell team scored several top ten spots.
After two days of racing, Cameron Beaubier ended up with a 5th on Saturday and a 2nd on Sunday – and now stands 3rd in points in the Superbike class.
Mathew Scholtz, shown here leading Josh Herrin in the combined Superbike/Superstock race, finished 2nd on both Saturday and Sunday – and is currently 2nd in points standing in the Superstock 1000 class.